The Fashion & Justice Workshop

Fashion forms part of a society’s rich tapestry and can serve as an entry point into contemplating how marginalized and racialized communities understand themselves and their place in the world. FASHION & JUSTICE is a daylong workshop that examines the role of fashion in challenging inequality through sartorial ingenuity. The schedule includes an analysis of artwork and artistic projects, partial film screenings, review of relevant literature, conversations with guest speakers, and a look at designers, artists, journalists, curators, photographers, and academics who explore the fashion system through a critical lens. Participants leave the workshop with a syllabus equipping them with tools to understand how marginalized communities harness fashion to negotiate the complexities of power and visibility (and the lack thereof), proposing substantive solutions for a more just fashion system.

Press coverage: "These Professors Are Here To 'School The Ignorant' On Race And Fashion", NYLON (July 14, 2017)


Fashion & Justice at the contemporary austin, austin, texas, february 3, 2018.

Guest ParticipantLyndon K. Gill, PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. He was born in New York City and raised on all the Trinbagonian culture that Jamaica, Queens, would allow. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a BA in African & African American Studies. He received his PhD in African American Studies and Anthropology (with a Secondary Field in Studies of Women, Gender & Sexuality) from Harvard University. His scholarship focuses on Queer aesthetics in the African Diaspora, the erotic, LGBT art and activism in Caribbean cultures, African-based spiritual traditions in the Americas, and subjectivity and community building.


Fashion & Justice at parsons school of design, new york, july 15, 2017.

Guest Speakers:
Elizabeth Way, Assistant Curator, The Museum at F.I.T.
Elizabeth Way is an assistant curator at the Museum at FIT where she was instrumental in curating and organizing the recent Black Fashion Designers exhibition and symposium. She has also published a study of African-American dressmakers Elizabeth Keckley and Ann Lowe for Fashion Theory.

Joy Douglas, Fashion Designer, Parsons BFA ’17
Joy Marie Douglas is a fashion designer, photographer, and artist from Los Angeles, California. Joy earned her bachelor's degree in Fine Art at Parsons School of Design where she majored in Fashion Design. The social, political, and environmental impacts of fashion are topics that Joy has focused heavily upon within her personal research and design career. Her senior thesis was titled, "REBRANDED: Redefining post-incarceration identity".